This may be nearly my shortest blog post ever. But given the continued fight over the place of LGBTQI persons in the United Methodist Church, I just want to say clearly without ambiguity that I am an ally of the LGBTQI community.
What I mean is that I believe in full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the life of the Church at all levels. I believe God loves all, welcomes all and calls all into his joyful participation in the life of the Church.
If you are a friend of mine you probably already knew this about me. But now is not a time for wishy washiness, or equivocation from any of us who care. Now is the time for people to say what they believe and hold in their hearts and say it clearly, unwaveringly, and lovingly.
God loves all. And, all means all.
I don’t expect everyone to agree with me nor do I need everyone to agree with me. But I do expect that we each respect each other and each other’s understandings of the faith, the Bible and the work of the gospel. I believe my calling to be obedient to the Holy Scriptures and to Jesus Christ require me to take this stand.
“Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.” – John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
I hope that was abundantly clear. 🙂
Timothy D. Bonney, OSL